De revitalisering van Ravana: Een verkennend onderzoek naar hedendaagse voorstellingen van Ravana onder Sinhalezen in Sri Lanka

Translated title of the contribution: Revitalising Ravana: An Exploration of Contemporary Representations of Ravana Among Sinhalese in Sri Lanka

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Abstract

This explorative article revolves around contemporary views on Ravana as one of the components of Ravanisation – i.e., the current revitalisation of Ravana among Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Compared to some earlier Sinhalese movements in which Ravana was first and foremost portrayed as a king, numerous of his devotees nowadays ascribe divine characteristics to him. By discussing three examples from explorative fieldwork research it is argued that a focus on the current diverse views on Ravana – including the ones in which he is revitalised – and ‘lived religion’ are both important to gain insight into the contemporary Ravanisation.
Translated title of the contributionRevitalising Ravana: An Exploration of Contemporary Representations of Ravana Among Sinhalese in Sri Lanka
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)257-276
JournalNTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
Volume71
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Ravanisation
  • Buddhism
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sinhalese
  • Ravana

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